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Days Before NBA Draft, a Devastating Diagnosis

Isaiah Austin has Marfan syndrome, can no longer play basketball

(Newser) - A routine physical delivered career-ending news for Isaiah Austin, a former Baylor Bears star who was expected to be drafted to the NBA late in the first round Thursday. After the EKG test at the NBA combine came back with abnormal results, additional genetic tests revealed that the 20-year-old center... More »

Here Is the 1st Openly Gay NCAA Division I Player

Derrick Gordon comes out in interview with ESPN

(Newser) - Less than two months after the NBA got its first openly gay active player , NCAA Division I men's college basketball now has its first openly gay player. Derrick Gordon, a sophomore starter for the University of Massachusetts, came out to his family, coaches, and teammates earlier this month, and... More »

UConn Women Rout Notre Dame for 9th Title

They join men as national champions with 79-58 win

(Newser) - Geno Auriemma and Connecticut stand alone in women's college basketball, and they reached the top in unprecedented fashion. The Huskies routed Notre Dame 79-58 in the first championship game featuring undefeated teams, winning their record ninth national title and their second in a row. Auriemma broke a tie with... More »

UConn Star: I Go to Bed 'Starving'

Lawmakers take notice of Shabazz Napier comments

(Newser) - Shabazz Napier's star performance in last night's NCAA championship game is drawing attention to comments made last week that further stoke the debate over whether to pay student athletes. Napier was last week asked about the National Labor Relation Board's ruling that Northwestern football players were employees... More »

NCAA Champ Will Be ... Kentucky or UConn

After Kentucky tops Wisconsin 74-73 and UConn ends the night 63-53

(Newser) - It'll be the Huskies versus the Wildcats in the quest for this year's NCAA championship:
  • Wisconsin did almost everything it needed to do tonight to beat Kentucky except for hitting one crucial free throw. Ben Brust and Sam Dekker each scored 15 points, but Traevon Jackson missed a
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And the Final Four Is Set...

Kentucky, UConn join Florida and Wisconsin

(Newser) - It was a thrilling finish: Aaron Harrison made a 3-pointer from NBA range with 2.3 seconds left tonight to lift Kentucky and its freshmen to a 75-72 win over Michigan and a trip to the Final Four. After Harrison's teammate, Julius Randle, inadvertently tipped in the tying shot... More »

University of Arizona Loses, Students Riot

15 arrested in Tucson after team suffers narrow overtime loss

(Newser) - Wisconsin handed the University of Arizona a narrow overtime loss last night, and the student body cheering on the latter didn't exactly take it well, clogging a main thoroughfare in Tucson and chucking beer bottles and firecrackers at pepper spray-wielding police officers. Police eventually managed to clear the streets,... More »

No Billion-Dollar Winner: Last Bracket Is Busted

Last three standing fell on Memphis' win over George Washington

(Newser) - A few too many upsets has ended any hope that a college hoops fan will be $1 billion richer at the end of the NCAA tournament. Thanks to upsets of Duke and Ohio State, among others, only three people were still alive in the Warren Buffett challenge heading into yesterday'... More »

Buffett Will Give You $1B for Perfect NCAA Bracket

He backs contest offered by Quicken Loans

(Newser) - A math professor at DePaul once figured out that the odds of picking every game correctly in the NCAA March Madness bracket is 1 in 128 billion, notes Yahoo Sports . (And that assumes basketball knowledge.) If those odds aren't too daunting, then Warren Buffett has just the contest... More »

UConn Wins 8th Title in Rout of Louisville

93-60 victory was most lopsided in title game

(Newser) - UConn rolled to its eighth national championship last night, denying Louisville a March Madness sweep and handing head coach Geno Auriemma a delicious word: dynasty. He has now tied Pat Summitt for the most titles in in NCAA history, but wasn't ready to discuss a repeat. Yet it's... More »

Louisville, Michigan to Play for NCAA Title

Each advances to Monday night's championship game

(Newser) - The brackets are nearly filled in: Louisville and Michigan will play Monday night for the NCAA title. Top-seed Louisville advanced tonight by ending the Cinderella run of ninth-seed Wichita State, 72-68 , but the Cardinals had to overcome a 12-point deficit in the final 10 minutes. Michigan, meanwhile, beat fellow No.... More »

Rutgers Coach Fired After Film Shows Player Abuse

Mike Rice screamed slurs, hurled basketballs at heads

(Newser) - Rutgers has fired Mike Rice over a video obtained by ESPN that shows the men's basketball coach hurling balls at players' heads and bodies from point-blank range and yelling abuse, including homophobic slurs. Rice was suspended for three games and fined $50,000 in December after athletic director Tim... More »

Gruesome Injury Rocks NCAA Tourney

Louisville's Ware urges teammates to win after leg snaps in two places

(Newser) - Louisville guard Kevin Ware is recovering from what commentators say is the most horrific injury they've ever seen in a basketball game. Ware snapped his right leg in two places as he landed from a jump in the first half of the Cardinals' Midwest Regional final against Duke, leaving... More »

NCAA's Cinderella Team Can Thank Ayn Rand

Jonathan Mahler: Florida Gulf Coast University embodies 'Atlas Shrugged'

(Newser) - Florida Gulf Coast University opened its doors less than 20 years ago, but school leaders already have succeeded in raising its national profile. How? Basketball and Ayn Rand, writes Jonathan Mahler at Bloomberg . Atlas Shrugged is required reading in the school's economics department, and if you're looking for... More »

Harvard Win Messes Up America's Brackets

14th-seeded Crimson gets first NCAA tournament win

(Newser) - Give those Harvard kids an A-plus in another subject: Bracket-busting 101. The school known for producing US presidents, Supreme Court justices, and Nobel Prize winners earned its first NCAA tournament victory last night—a 68-62 upset of No. 3 seed New Mexico—and it didn't feel like a fluke.... More »

Tips for Your March Madness Bracket

Some portion of everything you need to know!

(Newser) - Glance around your office, and odds are you'll see more than one person staring brow-furrowed at a March Madness bracket. Yes, the selection committee released its official bracket yesterday (you can download one here ), and that means it's time to identify Cinderellas, pick some 5-12 upsets, and/or... More »

Beloved College Hoops Coach Rick Majerus Dies at 64

Had struggled with heart problems for years

(Newser) - Rick Majerus, the jovial basketball coach who led Utah to the 1998 NCAA final and had only one losing season in 25 years with four schools, died yesterday. He was 64. Jon Huntsman, the coach's longtime friend, confirmed in a statement that Majerus died of heart failure in a... More »

NCAA Record: 138 Points by One Player in One Game

Grinell's Jack Taylor shatters decades-old collegiate record

(Newser) - A Grinnell College sophomore launched himself into the record books last night after scoring 138 points in a single basketball game. Jack Taylor took a dizzying 108 shots during the game, which averages out to one attempt every 20 seconds, reports the AP , securing his team's 179-104 victory over... More »

Longhorns Beaten by ... Division II Team

Comes 30 years after another big surprise victory

(Newser) - Three decades after pulling off one of the biggest upsets in college basketball history, Chaminade knocked off another big-time opponent last night. The Division II Silverswords beat Texas 86-73 at the Maui Invitational, topping a Butler buzzer-beater and an impressive showing from No. 9 North Carolina as the day's... More »

UConn's Jim Calhoun Retiring

Move comes in year Huskies wouldn't be eligible for NCAA tournament

(Newser) - Jim Calhoun is leaving Connecticut after coaching it to three national titles, ahead of a season in which the Huskies will be ineligible for the NCAA tournament because the team violated national academic standards. The 70-year-old Hall of Famer scheduled a news conference for 2pm today to announce his retirement,... More »

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